Well, add me to the statistics. My CAT was liberated from my Prius.

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  1. Bunce

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    So, my CAT's gone.

    If I replace it with a new cheapo CAT from Amazon, will they come back a week later and hit me again?
    Are the non-oem CAT's desirable to these parasites?

    I'll need a new CAT and O2 sensor, what's the current best options?
     
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    Since you live in Oregon the cheap Amazon cat will work in your state. Dumb criminal will try to steal your cat again because they are dumb. I would try to buy or build a CAT shield just so you're Prius isn't an easy target next time. They have tons of threads on what kind of protection is good for your situation. I did a diy cat shield for my Prius and it's been working for 4 years now. Good luck!

    SM-A526U ?
     
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    I was just reading your CAT protection thread. Very nice.
     
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    bummer!:mad: where was your car?
     
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    Sadly, on the street in Portland. I'm staying at a friends house and there's no room on the driveway.
     
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    i'm getting nervous about going anywhere these days
     
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    They will not steal an aftermarket CAT if you make it obvious that it's not original. I would spray some green/orange bright color spray paint on the new one. Good indicator it's not original and they'll leave it alone
     
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    Don't blame you. Get protected! It's cheap.
     
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    Like brake caliper paint? Or?
     
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    Anything bright, spray paint, it doesn't matter. It alerts the thieves to take a second look (some thieves are stupid) and don't waste their time on something not original
     
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    It would need to be heat resistant. CATs get bloody hot.
     
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    view from front.JPG The VHT is just fine, It's been on there for a year.
     
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    GR for the win.

    Use the header paint she specified I did and a year later the paint is still on it. Use regular paint and won’t last long. Cats get extremely hot.
     
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    The cat I got off Amazon last year had a figment issue that worked out really well for this application. The end of the Amazon cat pipe is bigger than the stock pipe so my welder used a metal bushing in that junction resulting in that pipe area Being Twice as thick as just the thin stock pipe. It will take a lot more time and work with a sawzall to cut through it and a plumbers copper pipe cutter will not work. It’s also painted orange like GRs pic.

    It’s the $125 cat on Amazon. Been on my car for over a year still running good no codes.
     
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